Immediate Family - the exhibition catalogue from J Paul Getty Museum/Museum of Fine Arts Houston available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Immediate Family

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Sally Mann’s extraordinary, intimate photographs of her children 

First published in 1992, Immediate Family has been lauded by critics as one of the great photography books of our time, and among the most influential. Taken against the Arcadian backdrop of her woodland summer home in Virginia, Sally Mann’s extraordinary, intimate photographs of her children reveal truths that embody the individuality of her own family yet ultimately take on a universal quality.

With sublime dignity, acute wit, and feral grace, Mann’s pictures explore the eternal struggle between the child’s simultaneous dependence and quest for autonomy―the holding on and the breaking away. This is the stuff of which Greek dramas are made: impatience, terror, self-discovery, self-doubt, pain, vulnerability, role-playing, and a sense of immortality, all of which converge in these astonishing photographs. This reissue of Immediate Family is printed using new scans and separations from Mann’s original prints, which were taken with an 8-by-10-inch view camera, rendering them with a freshness and sumptuousness true to the original edition. 

  • Hardcover: 88 pages | 60 illustrations
  • Date published: April 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1597112543
  • Product Dimensions: 29.0 x 25.0 cm

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